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COLONIAL CHURCHES IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY. 173
COLONIAL CHURCHES IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY.
(Contributed by Mrs. N. E. Clement, Chatham, Va.)
From the Vestry Book of Camden Parish.
At a Vestry held for Camden Parish at Pittsylvania Court-
house the 14 th day of July 1769.
Present John Donelson, John Pigg, Hugh Innes, Crispen
Shelton, George Rowland, John Wilson, Thomas Dillard Junr,
Abraham Shelton, Theophilus Lacy, and William Witcher
The Rev d James Stevenson having offered himself as min-
ister of this Parish the 21** day of February last, is received by
the Vestry and it is ordered that the usual sallery be paid him
From the 21"' day of Feby last. (Present James Stevenson).
Ordered that John Donelson, Crispen Shelton, Thomas
Dillard Jr. and Abram Shelton do fix on a Proper place between
Abrahm Sheltons and Thomas Musteen's to let a Church.
Ordered that a Church be built near where the Chappell
stands on Snow Creek.
Ordered that Theophilus Lacy, John Wilson and John Pigg
or any two of them fix on some convenient place to build a
church near a good spring below Sam'l Harriss' not to exceed a
mile from said Harriss.
Ordered that a Church be built at the most best and con-
venient spring near the Road Foard of Leatherwood Creek.
Ordered that a Chappell of Ease be built near to Captain
Ordered that a Chappell of Ease be built near to John Wil-
coxs place on the Pigg River Road convenient to a good spring.
Ordered that John Donelson, Crispen Shelton, Thomas
Dillard, jr. and Abram Shelton do let to the Lowest bidder the
174 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE.
building of the church ordered to be built near Tho" Musteens
the size to be 24 by 32 feet. A framed house with a clapboard
roof a Plank floor with a Pulpit and desk two doors, five win-
dows in it 12 feet in the Pitch with a Small Table and Benches
Ordered that Theophilus Lacy John Wilson and John Pigg
do let to the lowest Bidder the building of the Church near
Sam'l Harriss the same size of the other thats to be built near
Ordered that Hugh Innes and William Witcher do let to
the lowest bidder the building of the church ordered to be built
near Snow Creek Chappell — the size of the Former —
Ordered that George Rowland, Peter Perkins and Robert
Chandler do let to the lowest bidder the Church ordered to be
built near the Road Foard of Leatherwood thecsize of the for-
Ordered that Hugh Innes and William Wicher let to the
lowest Bidder the Chappell of Ease ordered to be built near
John Willcoxs place the size to be 24 feet by 20 Round loggs
for the Body a clap board Roof with Benches &c.
Ordered that George Rowland and Robert Chandler do let
to the lowest bidder the Chappell of Ease ordered to be built
near Captain Haman Critz the same size of the other thats to
be built near Willcoxs place —
Ordered that the Rev d James Stevenson preach at Edward
Smiths instead of Holms Winns, and at Thomas Farris in-
stead of Abram Shelton.
Ordered that Lewis Morgan tend at Snow Creek Chappell
when the Rev d M. Stevenson preaches there and that he read
Prayers the other Sundays at Wm. Hirds and at Potters Creek
Ordered that John King Read prayers at Benjamin Terrys.
Ordered that Thomas Flowers attend the Rev d James Stev-
enson when he preaches at the Mayo Chappell and that he read
prayers the other Sundays at George Rowlands and the horse
COLONIAL CHURCHES IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY. 175
Ordered that John Casterson attend the Rev 4 James Stev-
enson when he preaches at Edward Smiths and that he read
prayers the other Sundays at George Chadwells —
Ordered that John Fulton Read the Service of the Church
of England every Sunday at Sandy River Meetinghouse.
Ordered that Thomas Dillard Jun r Selicit the Gentlemen
of the Vestry of Antrim Parish in the Joining them to build a
house for the poor and nothing further being offered these
orders were signed by
James Stenenson Clk.
George Rowland ....C. W.
Teste Ben Lankford C. V. C. P.
At a Vestry held for Cambden Parish at Pittsylvania Court-
house the 12 th day of September 1769. Present John Pigg,
John Donelson, Hugh Innes, Crispen Shelton, George Rowland,
John Wilson, Peter Perkins, Thomas Dillard, Jun. Abram
Shelton, and William Witcher, Vestrymen.
The Church to be built by a Former order of Vestry near
Tho" Musteens be now built at the old muster place between
Abram Shelton's and Stinking River, if the undertaker will
agree without any further cost to the Parish.
The Church that was ordered to be built near the ford of
Leatherwood by a former order Vestry is now ordered to tbe
built convenient to a spring near John Acopps that Robert
Chandler & Peter Copland shall chuse.
The Chappell of Ease that was to be built by a former order
of Vestry near Willcox place is now ordered to be built at the
most convenient spring near the Cross Roads called the Caro-
lina and Chiswells Roads.
The Chappell that was to be built near Captain Haman Crites
by a Former order of Vestry is now ordered to be built conve-
nient to the first good spring four miles above the said Crites.
If the undertaker will agree without any further Cost to the
The Church that was to be built near Sam'l Harris by
former order of Vestry is now ordered to be built at the most
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best and convenient spring between William Munkuser and
Jacob Whitter's place, if the undertaker will agree without
any further Expense to the Parish, and nothing further being
offered these orders were signed by
Geo. Rowland „..C. W.
Test Ben Lankford C. V. C. P.
At a Vestry Meeting held Jan. 26, 1770, the accounts for
building the above Stated Churches and Chapels were paid,
showing that the orders for building the Churches were immed-
iately carried out.
P. S. I recently found our old Parish Register down in the
basement of the Courthouse, After 1785 it had been used to
keep the minutes of the Overseers of the Poor, and up to 1860
when the book closes, the minutes read "the overseers of the
Poor of Cambdens Parish."
Mrs. N. E. Clement.